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Laptop with 4k for photo editing - worth it or unnecessary resolution?

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Jul 07, 2017 14:45 as a reply to post 18396347 |  #16

I work with 3D animation. For 3D rendering, the processor cores are more important. A dedicated workstation graphics card is good for viewport hardware rendered views (and certified ones make sure there's no display issues). A beefy GPU can be utilized for video rendering, video decoding, or multiple monitors.

One potential issue with 4K that hasn't been mentioned is what software you're using. Photoshop Elements and older versions of Photoshop/Lightroom don't support hiDPI (having the app's text scale with the OS's font scale setting). There is a hack you can try on programs, but since it is a hack, you'll have mixed results of display issues. Without hiDPI support, the text on a 4K laptop screen is quite tiny. For photography, I've found the main advantage of working on a 4K monitor is that the DOF is more perceptive (you can really see what's in sharp focus). Apart from some potential hiDPI software issues, there can be scaling issues with certain programs. I've seen noticable moire type patterns on clothing viewing images fit to screen with Windows image viewer.

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Jul 07, 2017 20:47 |  #17

I have a 4K monitor on my Alienware 15r2. It's a great screen. I think it's overrated though. I find that many other apps don't support 4K screens well enough and your total experience will be just okay...

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Jul 08, 2017 00:02 |  #18

I remember when Alienware had the new VR technology.
Dell put many of their non - VR Alienwares on sale for a good price.

If Dell puts the i9 chip in Alienware this August, as some websites report, the i7 models may go on sale at a good discount.

The Alienware can be had with a 4k, IPS, non glare screen. Just an idea.

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